Death Penalty
4:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Executions Stayed For Two Death Row Inmates

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the state's secrecy protocol surrounding the source of lethal injection drugs.

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., where the state's lethal injections take place.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr

In a 5-4 decision, the high court issued the stay Monday, just one day before death row inmate Clayton Lockett was scheduled to be executed for the 1999 shooting death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman.

The second inmate, Charles Warner, was convicted in the 1997 death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. He was scheduled to die on April 29.

Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish last month struck down the state's execution law in a ruling that said the protocol that prevented the inmates from seeking information about the drugs used in lethal injections violated their rights under the state constitution.

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